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Rafa Benitez Southampton press conference: Lascelles/Diame to buy lunch and no throw-ins for Shelvey

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The Rafa Benitez Southampton press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss has revealed that Jonjo Shelvey is fit to play against Southampton but won’t be on throw-in duty, the mdifielder havig broken his finger when getting in between Jamaal Lascelles and Mohamed Diame when they had a bust-up on the training pitch.

As for that incident, Rafa says the fight was just a ‘normal thing’ that happens and that to make up for it, Diame and Lascelles are buying lunch for the rest of the players.

Dummett and Haidara are still out injured but apart from that, Rafa says there are ‘just little problems’.

As for the earlier news of Mikel Merino now going from a loan player to permanent signing, the United boss believes the mdfielder ‘has the potential to be a full international for Spain’.

Rafa Benitez Southampton press conference:

“We were here training (during the international break) and after that, relaxing with the family.

“The Irish and Mitro…



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